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Today in History: Monday, September  22, 2014
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On Sept. 22, 1980, the conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.
 
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1761Britain's King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1776Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.
1792The first French Republic was proclaimed.
1862President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
1927Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the "long count" fight in Chicago.
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1949The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.
1964The musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances.
1969Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th career home run during a game in San Diego.
1975Sara Jane Moore failed in an attempt to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel.
1989Songwriter Irving Berlin died at age 101.
1995Time Warner struck a $7.5 billion deal to buy Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
2004"Lost" premiered on ABC.
2005John Roberts' nomination as chief justice cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 13-5 vote.
2008The U.S. Mint unveiled the first changes to the penny in 50 years, with Abraham Lincoln's portrait still on the front, but new designs replacing the Lincoln Memorial on the back.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Opera singer Andrea Bocelli turns 56 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Tommy LasordaHall of Fame baseball manager87
Lute OlsonHall of Fame basketball coach80
David CoverdaleRock singer (Deep Purple, Whitesnake)63
Shari BelafonteActress60
Debby BooneSinger58
Nick CaveSinger57
Joan JettRock singer, musician56
Scott BaioActor ("Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi")54
Bonnie HuntActress53
Catherine OxenbergActress ("Dynasty")53
Mireille EnosActress ("The Killing," "Big Love")39
RonaldoSoccer player38
Katie LowesActress ("Scandal")32
Tom FeltonActor ("Harry Potter" movies)27
NBA commissioner David Stern turns 72 years old today.
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